Re: The Replacement First Officer
I always liked the speculation that for the episode Second Chances with Tom Riker, the writers considered sending Will on his way in a new command and leaving Tom around as a Lt Cmdr. and rekindling his relationship with Deanna. This would create a whole new dynamic with the same actors.
Apparently Frakes thought it would have been a neat idea too, had they'd gone that route, and was even open to killing Will off for it.
Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard: For duty and humanity! --Men in Black (1934)